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Changing My Point of View

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By Lindsey Steller, Kentucky, 20142015 Leadership Consultant

Lindsey Steller

Hello! My name is Lindsey Steller and I graduated from the University of Kentucky in May. At Beta Chi Chapter, I was the Risk Management Chairman, Philanthropy Chairman, and then President. I also planned GIRLS Academy with the chapter and it was an incredible, life-changing experience! 

The decision to become a Leadership Consultant was pretty easy for me, although I did not consider it until late in my junior year. At that point in school, I thought I wanted to be a high school Spanish or math teacher, but once I started teaching, I quickly learned that was not the path for me. I decided to finish my degree, but early on in my senior year I realized that even though I had NO CLUE what I would do after graduation, or where I saw myself in a few years. I found the application for the LC position and thought, Well I like traveling, love Kappa, enjoy meeting new people, and have no clue why I wouldnt continue my Kappa involvement another year. And well, the rest is history! Its the best decision I could have made!

This Kappa adventure is something that I cannot fully explain in words, but I will try my best to do this experience justice and share a piece of my thoughts with you all. Since becoming an LC, I have had such unique opportunities to meet wonderful and inspiring women, explore unchartered territory, and have constant reminders of how powerful and strong the bonds of Kappa Kappa Gamma truly are. It is so easy when we are undergraduates to get caught up in the ins and outs of our chapter and lose sight of the connection we have with the Fraternity and sisters across the world. I know I got excited when I met a Kappa from another chapter, but it was always brief and I never took the time to learn their story. 

Now as an alumna of Kappa and an LC, I have a whole new perspective on Kappa and life in general. I have had dinner with active members whose vision for Kappa is mature beyond their years. Ive attended a memorial service for an alumna who attended every Kappa Convention since she was initiated. I was there to see a chapter come together over a loss and without missing a beat, stand strong together in prayer on the front lawn of their chapter. These are constant reminders to me now that show me if you want to do important and meaningful things in life, you need a support system.

I have now traveled to six different chapters and while they all vary in size, campus culture, Recruitment style, housing situation, etc., they all have one thing in common: the same values, morals and standards. This job has given me the clear perspective that Kappa is truly an organization for life and that no matter where you go or how far you are from home, Kappa will make you feel comfortable and welcomed!

Loyally,

Lindsey

Editors Note: The Leadership Consultant application is now available. Deadline to apply is December 1. Visit the Our Team page to learn more about the position and apply today!

What Is a Leadership Consultant?

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By Kat Jaeger, Colorado State, 20142015 Leadership Consultant

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Hey! Im Kat Jaeger, a Leadership Consultant traveling the continent visiting our chapters. I grew up in Kansas City before leaving the Flint Hills for the Foothills of Fort Collins, Colo., where I did my undergraduate studies at Colorado State University. I was initiated into the Epsilon Beta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma in November 2010. I served as both Vice President-Academic Excellence and President, roles that helped me grow as a leader. It is easy for me to say Kappa was the biggest and most important part of my life in college, which is what got me to start thinking about applying to be an LC. Then, in 2013, my big sister, Emilie Blake, was selected as an LC. While that wasnt the only thing that made me want to become an LC, her success helped make me see that it was a possibility for me.

As an undergraduate, I saw the LCs as having infinite Kappa knowledge and figured that I was not qualified to do whatever it was they did. After hearing about Emilies incredible experiences, I began to picture myself in her shoes more and more. When Madison Taylor, Arkansas, visited Colorado State in fall 2013 I picked her brain to get some of the details of the job (without trying to be too transparent about how desperate I was becoming to be an LC, too). The confidence I had gained through some of the important LCs in my life gave me the courage to apply. After she left, I went to the Kappa website and immediately started applying.

Being an LC makes for great conversation on airplanes. Members, my parents and random travelers always ask, What is an LC?An LC is a member of the Field Representatives team for Kappa Kappa Gamma. Field Representatives include both Leadership Consultants and Chapter Consultants. Simply put, LCs travel to different chapters around the continent each week and CCs are based with one specific chapter. LCs also travel for only one school year, whereas the time commitment for CCs may be different.

LCs are Kappa alumnae who are also recent college graduates. Of the current team of ten LCs, most of us graduated in May 2014. We were trained thoroughly in every aspect of the Fraternity and Foundation, and the ten of us visit all 140 chaptersabout 25 each during the academic year to share our knowledge. While we all held a variety of positions in our chapters and on our campuses, the only prerequisite for the job is to have held at least one Chapter Council position as an undergraduate.

Most visits are five days long, Sunday evening through Friday morning. Some may be longer, however, depending on timing and chapter needs. Recruitment visits tend to be longer than five days since Recruitment often runs through the weekend, or we may spend extra time with a chapter to experience pre-Recruitment preparation.

Following a regular five-day visit, we often get weekends off. Some of us choose to spend this time in or around the city where the chapter is located, while some prefer to go on to their next location early and stay with friends, family or alumnae in the area. LCs also have the option to fly to a different location on their weekends off it is completely a personal preference.

Because Kappa has chapters all over the continent, it is likely that you will be flying to a new time zone each week. Because of travel and time zones, LCs are encouraged to take care of themselves and find personal time during visits to chapters.

While an LC is visiting, our main responsibilities are to be a support for the chapter and offer guidance on any issues the chapter may be dealing with. Every chapter gets a visit from an LC at least once in the school yearit is a common misconception that having a LC at your chapter means that you are in trouble! If an LC is visiting during a time when a chapter has something specific going on, such as Recruitment, Initiation or officer elections, she will fully participate in assisting the officers with this process and act in an advisory capacity to make sure that everything is running efficiently.

The LC will meet with all of the officers. These meetings are usually one-on-one and are just to make sure that the officer is on the right track. It also gives them an opportunity to get extra support for their position.

The LC will also do a presentation for the entire chapter during her visit, addressing a focus area identified by Chapter Council. She is available to meet with any member of the chapter. We truly try to integrate ourselves into the chapters we visit for the time we are staying with a chapter. We will usually sleep in the chapter house, or with a member in her home if the chapter is unhoused. The LC will also eat her meals with members and spend free time getting to know chapter members. Time permitting, LCs love a chance to see the town they are staying in and do fun things with members, such as go to the movies, go shopping or go on ice cream runs!

Being an LC is one of the most rewarding jobs that I have ever experienced, but it can also be difficult to travel constantly if you are not fully prepared. Training for the job, however, helps all of the LCs to adapt to life on the road and the active members of each chapter help us all to not feel lonely or homesick. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Loyally,

Kat

Editors Note: The Leadership Consultant application is now available. Deadline to apply is December 1. Visit the Our Team page to learn more about the position and apply today!

Shine Online

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By Kelly Matyas Magyarics, Pittsburgh, Fraternity Public Relations Chairman

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Instagram, Twitter and Facebook users know that the sum of content on a social media site—all those posts, tweets, photos and videos—is referred to as a “feed.” Take a minute and ask yourselves—what are you “feeding” your chapter social media outlets?

Right now, many chapters are in the middle of Membership Recruitment, Bid Day celebrations and the new member program. It’s undeniably an exciting time, as chapters wish to celebrate and highlight those newly pledged members who have agreed to uphold and promote our values and Standards. But are the posts and photos of these members responsible for the future of your chapter in line with Fraternity expectations?

While it may be tradition in your chapter to refer to new members as “babies,” did you ever stop to think about how that term might be interpreted by others? The intention may be to show your excitement in welcoming these precious new members into your sisterhood, and share with them the history, heritage and ideals of Kappa Kappa Gamma, but you may inadvertently be feeding the notion that new members are lower in rank than initiated members, requisite of obedience and subservience to those initiated sisters.

Likewise, is your feed peppered with photos of decorated paddles displayed on tables at pre-recruitment events where potential new members learn about Greek life, or during events where Big and Little Sisters are revealed? While Kappa members are sure that blue and blue paddles adorned with names, letters and the owl, key and fleur-de-lis are strictly for decorative and gift-giving purposes, others may misinterpret their use. Have you stopped to ask “Is their inclusion on social media feeding into the stereotype of hazing and violence towards uninitiated members?”

The hope for you during Recruitment and the new member program is that you successfully show your chapter’s personality online, and your pride and excitement for your newest member class, in ways that put Kappa’s core values on display. Here are a few tips to help you really shine online:

  • Use modern recruitment terminology: “new member” instead of “pledge” or “baby,” and “Recruitment” instead of “rush.”
  • Post photos of excited new members holding their bid cards and meeting their new sisters.
  • Do not post photos of Bid Day that include men in the foreground—Bid Day is about sisterhood.
  • Stop using paddles in your chapter as gifts from Big Sisters to Little Sisters, change that tradition by having big sisters decorate photo frames instead. Set up a photo booth for Big and Little Sister reveal events, and post fun photos of Big and Little Sisters.
  • Refrain from using any acronyms or hashtags that seem to promote Kappa while putting down other Greek organizations, or ones that can be interpreted that Kappa Kappa Gamma is the only choice for a potential new member. We need to be aware of promoting a positive Panhellenic spirit and promoting going Greek, not undercutting other organizations through mean spirited hashtags and acronyms.

The Fraternity sees so many great examples of cheerful, poignant, funny and sisterly posts, and we are so proud of the great job many of you are doing to share your Kappa experience online. We ask that you continue to feed your social media accounts with fulfilling and meaningful content that’s worthy of the Fraternity, the chapters and the amazing new members that allow Kappa sisterhood to grow each and every semester.

Loyally,

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